I got too many photos on this trip to cram them all into a single blog post so I decided to break it up into 6 or 7 posts one for each day!
Day 1, which technically was day 2 but the first day when we arrived we were all a bit knackered to do any skating so we just hit up a Chinese run restaurant and brushed up on our Spanish phrases :). So waking up and getting 9 skaters ready to leave an apartment isn't an easy task. As the week went on the exercise took anywhere between 1-2 hours considering we all had to shower and wake up grab breakfast etc. The first morning Me and Brett decided to go for a bit of a wonder and settled on a little cafe just around the corner from our apartment and the Parallel ledges, a coffee and croissant later and we were ready to hit the streets and roll.
First stop was the Parallel ledges located conveniently close to our apartment this became the warm up and cool down spot of the trip. Here I tested out my new radio poppers for the first time in a brightly lit outdoor situation. They are still somewhat limited in range but much better than the ST-E2 radio transmitter in terms of distance and multi flash capabilities. Plenty of tricks went down and below you can find a selection of some of them (Click them to enlarge them, Save em, Share em do whatever but please credit me with a link).
After the warm up session we hit the metro and took the underground to the Fondo stop in search of the legendary bank to bench ledges. I'd like to point out that there is a hell of alot of stuff to skate up this part of Barcelona, its out of the centre so a little less busy as far as tourists are concerned but with a little exploring you can find all sorts of ledges and rails. After a bit of exploring and asking a local skateboarder by pointing to photos of the spot that we had printed out, we got pointed in the right direction and found the spot. MickyF and Grif hammered the bank to ledge as you can see from the shots below. I got a couple of promo snaps for Boisht Clothing of their "You Have an Imagination Barrier" T-shirt while we were there and before we moved on the the next spot the green rail. Also located in Fondo, MickyF bailed a couple of times attempting a 540 back royale, I reckon it would have got landed based on what I saw if it hadn't started raining moments after the 2nd attempt! Still I got one shot of Grif doing a royale and I have the GPS co-ords for next time :).
On our way back into the Centre on the metro we were identified as skaters by a couple of locals who through broken English asked us to join them to go to the next spot. We were all about ready to call it a day after all the rain but decided to tag along anyway to see where they were going and I'm glad we did. When we set foot above ground astonishingly all the rain had dried up and the sun was peeking out again :). We met up with another 2 local skaters and after a short skate made it to the ledges featured in the photos below.
After sessioning this spot for a little over 2 hours supported by a little alcoholic hydration from the cafe just in shot on the right we set off on what for me was one of the best parts of the trip, an awesome skate through the streets of Barcelona. I only wish I'd had some power blade frames on for this! Craig Spaven managed to get some awesome footage of this, my camera however was firmly strapped to my back so you'll have to wait for the release of Tight Knit to see exactly how much fun this was weaving in and out of traffic and people. Final destination of the skate was the famous Olymica Ledges at Port Olympic. This is a great spot to session and a good place to meet up with other skaters. I think every time we went there we met someone new more often than not a large group of skaters. This time was no exception, We bumped into Dan McLaren an old skool skater from the UK and a few lads he'd come over with. We had no idea they were going to be in Barcelona but it was a pleasant surprise and we met up with them on a couple of days throughout the trip. I didn't take any photos at the Olympic ledges that day as there was so much going on and I was chatting with various people but there's several photos and lots of footage that I'll be contributing to Tight Knit from other days during the trip.
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